December 2014 - January 2015

Welcome to School of Nursing News, an electronic newsletter designed to inform, engage, inspire, and connect with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other constituents of the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON).

First-Ever December Graduation Ceremonies Held at Shady Grove and Baltimore

Commencement ceremonies for fall and winter 2014 graduates were held Friday, Dec. 12, at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG), and Monday, Dec. 15, at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. Three hundred twenty-four degrees were awarded for the first half of the academic year. Among the graduates were 139 Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 160 Master of Science, 20 Doctor of Nursing Practice, and five PhD. Nine certificates were awarded. The events marked the first December graduations to be held at UMSON—another new tradition launched in our 125th anniversary year. Click here for more information and to view a photo collage. 

December 2014 Graduation Shady Grove


Additional graduation photos can be viewed on Flickr.

Vikell Receives First Staff Excellence Award

Lisa Vikell, AA, office manager, Administrative Services, received the first Staff Excellence Award at the December All-School Assembly, held December 16. Formerly known as “Staff of the Quarter,” the award has been revamped with new criteria and a cash prize. Lisa was acknowledged for her outstanding work on the CCNE accreditation visits and her leadership in advancing the goals and mission of UMSON. Other nominees included Alice Dorr, coordinator, Administrative Services; Rachel McKelvey, coordinator, Academic Affairs; Steve Pease, MS, director, Division of Sponsored Programs; April Rai, AA, office manager, Office of the Dean; Lorrie Voytek, BS, donor relations coordinator, Office of Development and Alumni Relations; Barbara Scharf, PhD ‘09, MSN-MPH, RN, nurse researcher I; Monica Williams, human resources coordinator, Administrative Services; and Megan Wolff, MS, instructional technology specialist, Acadmic Affairs. Congratulations to all!

Staff Excellence Award

PhD Program Marks 35th Anniversary

PhD alumni, faculty, and currently enrolled PhD students gathered at UMSON on Saturday, Nov. 8, to celebrate the program’s 35th anniversary. Guests enjoyed panel discussions, a student poster exhibit, and the opportunity to reminisce with former classmates and faculty members. Dean Jane Kirschling announced that the goal of raising $16,667 to endow a PhD Program Alumni Scholarship had been exceeded. With matching funds of 50 cents on the dollar through a special University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc. initiative, the scholarship will be endowed at the mandatory amount of $25,000 and will provide support for future PhD nursing students. For more information about this matching gift opportunity, contact Laurette Hankins, associate dean for development and alumni relations, at or 410-706-7640.

PhD Program's 35th Anniversary

Veterans Day Event Features Alumni Panel

A Veteran’s Day program, held November 11 as part of UMSON’s 125th Anniversary Celebration, honored faculty, staff, students, and alumni who have served or are currently serving in the military. The event featured a panel presentation by alumni veterans and a currently enlisted alumna. Panelists included Carol Romano, PhD ’93, MS ’85, BSN ’77, Rear Admiral (RET), United States Public Health Service (USPHS); Elizabeth Niemyer, BSN ’78, Rear Admiral (RET), U.S. Navy; Richard Riccardi, MS ’91, Colonel (RET), U.S. Army; and Bernice King, DNP ’14, Major, U.S. Air Force. Sylvia Trent-Adams, MS ’99, Rear Admiral, USPHS, who was scheduled to participate, was deployed prior to the event. Panelists discussed their experiences as nurses in the military and how UMSON prepared them for careers in nursing.

Watch the presentation here.

Veterans Day Event

Students Seek Opportunities at Annual Career Fair

A career fair held at the Southern Management Corporation Campus Center on December 1 drew more than 100 nursing students and more than 35 recruiters. Students seeking employment, internships, or graduate school opportunities attended the event, where representatives from regional and national health care institutions and other schools of nursing were on hand to meet students, share information, and answer questions.

Career Fair 2014

Twelve Faculty Members Receive New Nurse Faculty Fellowships

Twelve UMSON faculty members were awarded New Nurse Faculty Fellowship Awards for FY 2015-2017. The grants are funded through the Nurse Support II Program, a statewide initiative designed to grow the number of nurses prepared to effectively function in a faculty role. Grant recipients include : Assistant Professors Lori Edwards, PhD, MPH, BSN '80, RN, PHCNS-BC; Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD '13, MS '06, RN, CCRN, CRNP-BC; and Gina Rowe, PhD '13, DNP '10, MPH, FNP-BC, PHCNS-BC, CNE; and Clinical Instructors Beth Barrows, MS '13, BSN '05, RN; Mary Burr, MS '02, CPNP; Ann Felauer, MSN, RN, CPNP-AC/PC; Lori Mooney, MS '09, BSN '05 RN, PMHNP-BC, CRNP-PMH; Linda Murray, MS '84, CPNP; Karin Russ, MS '09, BSN '89 RN; Kate Scott, MPH, RN; Celeste Seger, MS '13, BSN '10, RN; and Nicole Smith, MS '14, RN. These fellowships will assist Maryland nursing programs in recruiting and retaining new nursing faculty to produce nursing graduates to staff Maryland hospitals. Click here to read more.

STTI Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy Visits UMSON

As part of Assistant Professor Bim Akintade’s, PhD '11, MS '05, MBA, MHA, BSN '01, ACNP-BC, acceptance into the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy (NFLA), the NFLA team visited UMSON to meet with key stakeholders for the project. Akintade and the NFLA project team, consisting of Meredid Caves, MS '13, RN, clinical instructor; Amy Daniels, MS '12, BSN '89, RN, clinical instructor and acting director, clinical simulation labs; Mary Fey, PhD '14, MS '01, RN, CHSE, former faculty member and director, clinical simulation labs; Marg Hammersla, MS '05, BSN '95, RN, CRNP, assistant professor; Maranda Jackson-Parkin, PhD '13, MS '06, RN, CCRN, CRNP-BC, assistant professor; Megan Lynn, PhD, MBA, RN, FNE-A, assistant professor; and Anup Patel, MS, senior instructional technology specialist, presented the NFLA project, “Transforming Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Education by Integrating Experiential Learning through Simulation.” The NFLA team toured UMSON’s simulation laboratories, research labs, Student Success Center, Office of Global Health, and the University of Maryland Medical Center’s R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The NFLA program is designed to foster academic career success; promote nurse faculty retention and satisfaction; encourage personal leadership development; and cultivate high performing, supportive work environments in academe.

STTI Presentation

Mark Your Calendar

Now Open – Call for abstracts and online registration for the Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI) 2015. Join SINI’s 25th Anniversary Celebration July 22-24 at UMSON. New preconference and networking events!

Friday, Jan. 23-Saturday, Jan. 24 – 7 a.m.-5 p.m.  Pediatric End-of-Life Nursing Education Train-the-Trainer Workshop – Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, Elm Room, 621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201 – $200 registration fee covers workshop, handouts, and continental breakfast. Co-sponsored by UMSON, Children’s Hospital National Medical Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, the HSC Pediatric Center, and Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center. Click here for more information.

Thursday, Feb. 26 – 8:30 a.m.-noon – Third Annual Interprofessional Education Day  (faculty only)Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, Room 349; 12:15-5:30 p.m. (faculty, staff, and students) UMSON Room 130 and lobby. Click here to register or for more information.

Saturday, March 7  3 p.m. - Ann Cain Lecture in Psychiatric Nursing – UMSON - featuring guest speaker Loretta Sweet Jemmott, PhD, RN, FAAN, van Ameringen Professor in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and Director, Center for Health Disparities Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. More details to come.

Saturday, April 18 – 6-10 p.m. 125th Anniversary Gala - Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel
As part of its 125th anniversary celebration, UMSON is honoring 25 outstanding alumni (both living and deceased) as Visionary Pioneers who have become expert clinicians, educators, and leaders in Maryland, the nation, and around the world. The 25 inaugural Visionary Pioneers will be honored at UMSON’s 125th Anniversary Gala. Click here to view a list of the Visionary Pioneers. For more information about the gala, contact Tiffany Hooper at or 410-706-7640. For information about event sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurette Hankins, associate dean for development and alumni relations, at or 410-706-7640.

Saturday, Sept. 19 – Reunion 2015 – If your DIN or BSN graduation year ends in a “5” or “10,” or if you earned a degree in the Clinical Nurse Leader master’s option in 2005 or 2010, mark your calendar for the 2015 Alumni Reunion. Look for your invitation in the mail in early spring. If you would like to volunteer as a class representative, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-0674. For more information, visit the alumni website at

Faculty & Staff Appointments

Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MA, has joined the Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health as an associate professor. Luana comes to UMSON from the National Institutes of Health, where she worked as a research fellow and adjunct faculty member. She holds an MD from the University of Catanzaro Medical School in Catanzaro, Italy, and a PhD in neuroscience and MA in bioethics from the University of Turin Medical School in Turin, Italy.

Laurelyn Irving, PhD, MSW, has joined UMSON as the ombudsperson. She has more than 20 years’ experience in training university staff members to help others resolve conflict and has mediated more than 900 cases in the court system. Irving holds a PhD from the University of North Texas and an MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more information about ombuds services, visit the Office of the Ombuds Web pages. 

Faculty & Staff Kudos

Elaine Bundy, DNP, CRNP, assistant professor, and Lyn Murphy, PhD, MS ’01, MBA, RN, associate professor, co-authored the following publication:

Bundy, E.Y., & Murphy, L.S. (2014). Improving provider compliance in the use of an asthma action plan for patients with asthma in an outpatient setting. Clinical Scholars Review, 7(2), 128–134.

Laura Koo, MS, RN, CRNP, assistant professor; Marg Hammersla, MS '05, BSN '95, RN, CRNP, assistant professorShannon Idzik, DNP '10, MS '03, CRNP, FAANP, associate professor, assistant dean for the DNP program, and interim assistant dean for the master's program; and Brenda Windemuth, DNP '11, RN, CRNP, assistant professor, co-authored the following interprofessional collaborative project and publication with School of Pharmacy and School of Medicine faculty members:

Koo, L., Layson-Wolf, C., Brandt, N., Hammersla, M., Idzik, S., Rocafort, P., Tran, D., Wilkerson, R., Windemuth, B. (2014). Qualitative evaluation of a standardized patient clinical simulation for nurse practitioner and pharmacy students. Nurse Education in Practice, 14, p. 740-746. DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2014.10.005 

Robin Newhouse, PhD '00, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, professor and chair, Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health, is now associate editor for Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing. She also co-authored the following publications: 

Melnyk, B.M., Newhouse, R.P. (2014). Evidence-based practice versus evidence-informed practice: A debate that could stall forward momentum in improving healthcare quality, safety, patient outcomes, and costs. Worldviews on Evidence-based Nursing, available at

Fleurence, R., Whicher , D, Dunham, K. , Gerson, J., Newhouse, R., Luce, B. The patient-centered outcomes research institute’s tole in advancing methods for patient-centered outcomes research. Medical Care, pre-release at:

Florence Nwoga, MPH, MS '08, BSN '07, RN, an adjunct clinical instructor at the Universities at Shady Grove, is a clinical educator at the Outpatient Pediatrics Clinic, National Institutes of Health Clinical Center.

Photographs submitted by three UMSON staff members received accolades in the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s Snap! Photography Contest. Four photos submitted by Tara Byrd, BS, assistant director, scholarships and grants, Office of Student and Academic Affairs, were among the winning entries. Laurette Hankins, BA, associate dean for development and alumni relations, received  two honorable mentions, and Charlotte Weber, AA, program administrative specialist, received one honorable mention for their entries. View the photo gallery at:

In the News

Subject: Nurse Scientist Participates in First-Ever RWJF Scholars Forum
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Newsletter/Newsroom – December 2014
Summary: Yolanda Ogbolu, PhD ’11, MS ’05, BSN ’04, RN, CRNP, assistant professor and deputy director, Office of Global Health, was featured in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation newsletter article, “Nurse Scientist Participates in First-Ever RWJF Scholars Forum.

Subject: UMSON Faculty Members, Students Receive Honors
Source: – Nov. 29
Summary: Janice Hoffman, PhD, RN, ANEF, assistant dean for the baccalaureate program, was quoted and Barbara Dobish, MSN, RN, assistant professor and students Emilie Cecil and Sarah Khaver were mentioned in the article, "UMSON faculty members, students receive honors." Mary Fey, PhD ‘14, RN, CHSE, formerly of UMSON, was also mentioned.

Subject: Hampton University Provost Named Interim President at Virginia State University
Source: Daily Press - Nov. 13
Summary: Pamela Hammond, PhD, MS '79, and UMSON were mentioned in the article, "Hampton University provost named interim president at Virginia State University."

Alumni News & Notes

Antoinette Baines, MS ’08, RN, CNOR, and Jenni Chambers, MS ’13, RN, were recognized as Employees of the Month at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

Dona Benford, MS ’80, BSN ’75, RN, and Kathryn Stranahan, BSN ’93, RN, CGRN, were recognized as Every Day Heroes at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

Angela Cherry, BSN ’14, is employed as an Oncology Registered Nurse at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Fla.

Pamela Hammond, PhD, MS ’79, provost at Hampton University, was named interim president at Virginia State University.She will assume her new role on January 1 and will be the first female president in the university's 133-year history.

Pamela Hammond, PhD, MS '79

Paula Kostuik, MS ’02, ACNP-BC, AOCNP, is employed as a palliative care nurse practitioner at the Naples Community Hospital in Naples, Fla.

Paula Kostuik, MS '02, ACNP-BC, AOCNP

Chelsea Trotta, BSN ’12, is employed as an RN in the SICU at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C.

Chelsea Trotta, BSN '12

Cathy Weber, BSN ’01, RN, CEN, was recognized for her successful role as a Frontline Impact Program Coach at University of Maryland Shore Regional Health.

Ranae Zurawski, MS ’13, had an article, “Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae: Occult Threat in the Intensive Care Unit,” published in Critical Care Nurse, October 2014, 34:44-51. The article was written specifically for bedside critical care nurses to educate them on antibiotic resistant infections, which have a high mortality rate and have also been categorized as an urgent-level threat by the CDC. Ranae recently became engaged to Andrew Carr and moved to Plano, Texas, where she has accepted a position at Baylor University Heart Hospital.

Ranae Zurawski, MS '13

Alumni Event Recaps

Alumni Speaker Series Program - Nurse Managers Share Insight

Four alumni shared their career paths, current roles and responsibilities, and expectations as managers with current students at the November 10 Alumni Speaker Series Program. Student leaders Sarah Dyer and Michelle Nusraty coordinated the program and served as panel moderators. Panelists included Claudia Handley, MS ’08, MBA, RN, nurse manager, Multi-Trauma CC/Multi-trauma IMC-5, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC); Kerry Sue Mueller, MBA, BSN ’90, RN, CCRN, nurse manager, MICU at UMMC; Greg Raymond, MS ’10, BSN ’05, current DNP student and director, nursing and patient care services, NeuroCare and Behavioral Health, UMMC; and Danielle Wilson, MSN, BSN ’04, RN, director of service excellence, Baltimore-Washington Medical Center.

Alumni Speaker Series Program

Alumni Career Resources Web Page

Students and alumni can access professional career services through UMSON”s Student Success Center. Services include a job posting website, an annual career fair, assistance in writing resumes and cover letters, career workshops, mock interviews, and online resources. For more information, visit:

If you have questions or would like to share your ideas about additional resources, contact Cynthia Sikorski, associate director of alumni relations, at or 410-706-0674 or Tiffany Kroeze-Murphy, assistant director of student services, at or 410-706-3049. 

UMSON Spirit Merchandise Available Online

A variety of UMSON spirit merchandise items are available for purchase online at: Items include notecards with historical images from the UMSON Living History Museum; a plush crab in UMSON’s school colors; and a spacious tote bag with an image on the front created by local artist and architect Tom Bauley that depicts traditional, historical, and contemporary images of UMSON and the University of Maryland Medical Center. The UMSON license plate frame, also available for purchase online, will show your pride no matter where you travel in your car! If you have questions or need more information, contact Lorrie Voytek at or 410-706-7640.

Spirit Merchandise